Reservoir Simulation

At Netherland Sewell, our Reservoir Simulation experts have been evaluating reservoirs around the world employing industry standard simulation tools for over 25 years. Numerical reservoir simulation is a sophisticated evaluation technique that includes material balance, fluid flow, reservoir heterogeneity, well interference, wellbore hydraulics, and facility characteristics in its predictions of reservoir performance. Simulation can be used to determine the best development plan for a new reservoir or to improve an existing field by understanding historical production behavior and evaluating potential enhanced recovery schemes. Reservoir simulation can greatly improve the understanding of fluid flow within a reservoir. However, experience has taught us that simulation output requires detailed scrutiny and should be cross-checked with real examples, and therefore should be implemented by an experienced, multi-functional team of geoscientists and reservoir engineers.

To talk to one of our Reservoir Simulation experts, call either Dave Adams in our Dallas office at 214-969-5401 or Derek Newton in our Houston office at 713-654-4950. We can also be contacted by email at for more information.


We use black oil and compositional models in our studies, and our experts are proficient with a variety of simulation software applications including Schlumberger Eclipse®, Halliburton Landmark’s Nexus, and Computer Modeling Group’s IMEX and GEM. No job is too large. Our history match models have included fields with over 1,200 wells and 80 years of history. Be it a single-well evaluation, a mechanistic model, or a full-field history match, our experts are skilled in all aspects of reservoir simulation. And whether we are auditing an existing model, revising a client’s model to improve results, or creating a completely new model, we tailor each evaluation to meet the client’s needs. By working together, our team designs models with realistic reservoir characteristics that answer the questions central to a client’s objectives. Our simulation projects have been used by clients to justify wells and injection projects—proof that the economic value of simulation work greatly exceeds the required investment.

Selected Reservoir Simulation Clients
  • AIG Financial Products Corp.
  • BEB Erdgas und Erdöl GmbH
  • Devon Energy Corporation
  • ExxonMobil
  • Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
  • Hunt Petroleum Company
  • International Finance Corporation
  • Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Noble Energy Inc.
  • Northern Natural Gas Company
  • Pemex Exploración y Producción
  • Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Ltd.
  • Shell Exploration & Production Company, Inc.
  • Sonangol E.P.
  • U.S. Department of Energy
Our simulation projects have been used successfully in the following areas:
  • Equity redeterminations
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Field development optimization studies
  • Gas storage field studies
  • Production rate sensitivity studies
  • Project finance support
  • Reserves certifications
  • Unconventional and tight reservoirs studies